Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 2, 2019

“to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 17:1-5.

“Jesus spoke these things;  and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come;  glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.  This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.  Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”  John 17:1-5.

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We will meditate on these 3 statements by Jesus in today’s Scripture.

1.  “… You (God the Father) gave Him (Jesus Who is God the Son) authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”  Verse 2.

This statement of Jesus is a nutshell summary of salvation as explained in more detail in the language of the following Canons of Dordt, “it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross … should effectually redeem …  all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father”.

Christ died for all and only God’s elect:  “the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone” all the saving gifts of salvation”.  These saving gifts include “the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation”.

Christ “preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.”

The foregoing parts of salvation are “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as detailed in the following Canons of Dordt.

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

2.  “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  Verse 3.

Other doctrine seeks to know man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks to know God and what God has done.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

3.  “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”  Verse 4.

Other doctrine seeks the glory of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks the glory of God.

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”  John 5:44.

Other doctrine continually seeks to supplement God’s work, thinking that God’s work is not enough and that man must add his works and his alleged free-will to obtain salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine rests in the work accomplished by Jesus. 

Q. 30.  Do such then believe in Jesus the only Savior, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else?

A.  They do not;  for though they boast of Him in words, yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Savior;  for one of these two things must be true, either that Jesus is not a complete Savior, or that they who by a true faith receive this Savior must find all things in Him necessary to their salvation.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life;  it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”  John 5:39-40.


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